I believe that perpetually unhappy eyes are one mark of an unbeliever. Unhappy eyes have more to do with spiritual perception than physical perception. As my wife and I are out and about shopping or something I notice that many of the people I see are visibly unhappy over things that should be almost irrelevant. It takes bigger things to trouble a Christian than an unbeliever. In my ministry as chaplain at a rehab facility I am often aware of the different attitudes of Christians and unbelievers. The unbelievers are more miserable and the Christians are more joyful. I am often amazed that the Christians can be joyful in the difficult circumstances they are in. Their circumstances cannot douse their joy. Here is their secret:
John 16:22: And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
I have often noticed a certain sadness when unbelievers laugh. There is insincerity in their laughs. When they stop laughing there is often a sorrow that is visible.
Proverbs 14:13: Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Titus 1:15: Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
When a Christian laughs the joy is genuine and infectious. Their laughs are wholesome and comely. They often laugh at themselves. They don*t laugh about tragedies or the pain of others. One TV program that I can*t stomach treats things like running a bicycle into a telephone pole as humorous.
There is a particular form of blindness that unbelievers have. They are blind to two things.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jeremiah 17:5-6: Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
They cannot see the Kingdom of God and they cannot see good when it comes. Being unable to see when good comes must be one of the most miserable conditions of men. I have been acquainted with a number of people that were always pessimistic. I find it very difficult to believe that pessimists are Christians.
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Since everything good comes from God, they cannot see the good things that come from Him. If they happen to see a good thing they don*t know where it came from. Because they cannot see that good comes from Him they don*t know that He is good.
Proverbs 13:15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
The way of transgressors is hard because they are carrying themselves plus their burdens. The way of Christians is easier because they are only carrying their burdens. God is carrying them.
Ever notice anyone being unhappy over what should be insignificant? By that they are probably telling you that they are unsaved. They are crying out for you to pray for them.